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Rookie Setoguchi scores twice in third, San Jose tops Dallas 4-2

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Rookie Setoguchi scores twice in third, San Jose tops Dallas 4-2

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DALLAS - Devin Setoguchi scored two goals in the third period of his first NHL game to help the San Jose Sharks rally to beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 Monday night.

Setoguchi, the eighth overall pick in 2005, tied the game 2-2 when he beat Dallas goalie Marty Turco midway through the third. Two-and-a-half minutes later, he took a pass in front of the net from Joe Thornton, who had two assists, and put the Sharks ahead 3-2 at 14:27.

San Jose, which had one goal in each of its last two games, added an insurance goal 17 seconds later from Steve Bernier to go ahead 4-2.

The Sharks scored their final three goals on three consecutive shots.

Setoguchi stole the show from Dallas centre Mike Modano, who moved within one of tying the NHL record for most points by a U.S.-born player. Modano had an assist in the second period to give him 1,231 points, behind Phil Housley's 1,232.

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 27 shots for San Jose, which broke a two-game slide.

Turco, who faced 16 shots in the first, made 31 saves.

Matt Niskanen, the 28th overall pick in the 2005 draft, scored his first NHL goal thanks to a fortunate bounce at 5:14 of the second.

Modano passed the puck to Niskanen, who lofted a shot from near the blue-line. The puck changed directions after it hit a San Jose defender's stick and went into the net past Nabokov.

Mike Ribeiro gave the Stars a 1-0 lead with his fourth goal at 10:20 in the first.

Philippe Boucher's shot from the right circle went off Nabokov, and Ribeiro picked up the rebound and slipped the puck past the goalie.

The Sharks tied it about two minutes later on Joe Pavelski's goal, which came when he beat Turco for a loose puck by the net.

The 37-year-old Modano, who was coming off a two-point outing Saturday night against the Phoenix Coyotes, has two goals and three assists this season.

San Jose centre Jeremy Roenick did not score and remains two goals from being the third American-born player with 500 goals.

Notes: This was the first of 12 straight games San Jose will play against Pacific Division foes. ... Dallas has scored a first-period goal in eight straight contests. ... Pavelski scored four goals in five games against the Stars last year.

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Rookie Setoguchi scores twice in third, San Jose tops Dallas 4-2